current projects


The University of Hamburg’s cluster of excellence "Integrated Climate System Analysis and Prediction" (CliSAP) is sponsored by the German Research Foundation within the framework of the Excellence Initiative of the federal government and the federal states.


Past4Future, a collaborative project under EU’s Seventh Framework Programme, started January 1, 2010, and runs for 5 years. Past4Future combines multi-disciplinary paleoclimate records world-wide from ice cores, marine sediment cores, speleothems, corals, pollen and other records to analyse, model and reconstruct abrupt climate changes during the previous interglacial period (130-115,000 years BP) and the present interglacial (since 11,700 years BP).


During 2007-2011, a team of ice core researchers will drill through the ice sheet in North-West Greenland to retrieve ice from the previous interglacial, the Eemian, which ended about 115,000 years ago. Ice core samples from the Eemian will contribute to the understanding of the dynamics of climate under conditions similar to those of a future warming climate.

former projects


The increased importance of the environment and climate over the past decades has lead to a variety of new cross-linked research activities -right up to the investigation of the interaction of the climate system with the socio-economical system -, which are hold at many more departments now than 20 years ago. With the rising availability of computing performance in the climate and earth system research community, (e.g. the top efficiency data processing centre for earth system research (DKRZ/HLRE Hamburg), supported by BMBF) more complex and high-resolution model simulations can be executed. This has lead to an explosion of the volume of generated data. A similar increase of data can be noted in the field of observational earth system research. Especially satellite data (raw data and derived data products) strongly increased in their volume and the relevance for monitoring the earth system is steadily growing.


The overall objective is the sustainable and technical-scientific anchoring of IMPETUS results in Benin and Morocco. Technically, the main results are implemented in Spatial Decision Support Systems (SDSS), in information systems (IS) and monitoring tools (MT). The handing over of these systems occurs to suitable, national institutions (including the universities) for the purposes of an "institution Development".

SFB 419

Within the densely populated Land Nordrhein-Westfalen industrial activity has triggered recent and historical environmental impacts. Additionally, future climate changes might add direct and indirect impacts.

The Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 419 investigates the potential implications and problems of these environmental impacts. Grounded in scientific and medical analyses, simulations, and prognoses and related to social, economic and legal aspects, the SFB 419 develops solutions which will be transferable to other industrialized regions.